[ en-koh-mee-uhm ]
/ ɛnˈkoʊ mi əm /
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noun, plural en·co·mi·ums, en·co·mi·a [en-koh-mee-uh]. /ɛnˈkoʊ mi ə/.
a formal expression of high praise; eulogy: An encomium by the president greeted the returning hero.
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Origin of encomium
1580–90; <Latin <Greek enkṓmion, equivalent to en-en-2 + kôm(os) a revel + -ion noun suffix
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Example sentences from the Web for encomium
Upon the same principle we must account for the unmerited encomia lavished upon these fragile blossoms.Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions|Charles Mackay
British Dictionary definitions for encomium
/ (ɛnˈkəʊmɪəm) /
noun plural -miums or -mia (-mɪə)
a formal expression of praise; eulogy; panegyric
Word Origin for encomium
C16: from Latin, from Greek enkōmion, from en- ² + kōmos festivity
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